Kyle Gibson (5-8, 5.17 ERA) and Carlos Rodon (5-8, 3.91 ERA) take the hill in the second of a four-game series between the Minnesota Twins (50-84) and the Chicago White Sox (63-70) at Target Field. The Twins won the last game 8-5, and Minnesota leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 2 and can be seen on CSCh and FSN.
Gibson pitched 5.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs, striking out one and walking three in a 9-6 defeat to the Blue Jays. Brian Dozier (.269, 85 Rs, 32 HRs, 81 RBIs, 11 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Rodon went 6.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out six and walking one in a 4-1 win over the Mariners in his most recent start. Todd Frazier (.215, 70 Rs, 34 HRs, 84 RBIs, 10 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the White Sox, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds for Minnesota and Chicago are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently not available. Within its division, Minnesota has a record of 15-38 SU. The Twins have seen a decline in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 3.9 runs per game. They average 4.5 runs per game on the season. Minnesota is one of the best in the AL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.1 per game. Minnesota's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 7.3 runs per game, well above its season average of 5.5. The Twins are the fifth-best team in the AL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.8 walks per game so far this season.
The White Sox are 20-32 against fellow AL Central members.
The White Sox have controlled the season series, 9-4. The Twins have a 15-19 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Rodon takes the mound. Gibson (RHP) will be on the hill against the White Sox, who have a 48-56 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - MIN
The Twins and White Sox both hold losing records against teams in the AL Central. The Twins sit at 16-38 in these matchups and the White Sox have a 20-33 record.
The Twins managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the White Sox who are coming in with a 31-15 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 9-68. The White Sox have a 10-51 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago ranks near the bottom of the league at 23rd when it comes to home runs, hitting 136 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top half with 157.
Ranking 11th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.59 per game. Minnesota ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.87.
Ranking 24th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.721). Minnesota ranks in the top half at 13th with an OPS of .745.
The White Sox are 38-48 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Twins are 36-69 when they allow at least one homer.